Local healthy snack brand, Forest Feast, today launched its sponsorship of the ‘Aquasprint Junior Swimming League’ for the 10th consecutive year.
This is a momentous occasion for Forest Feast who has always supported swimming from a grassroots level. It aims to encourage young people to be more active and uphold healthy and nutritious lifestyles by taking an interest in a competitive sport.
The Forest Feast Aquasprint Junior Swimming League will see 1600 young, up and coming swimmers aged between 8 and 12 from 26 clubs compete in five divisions throughout the year, before competing in the finals in June.
The sponsorship was officially launched today at Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex by Forest Feast’s Trade Marketing Manager Deirdre Burns, Linda Stoops from Swim Ulster and Commonwealth athletes, Emma Reid and Conor Ferguson, who both competed in the first ever Aquasprint 10 years ago.
Deirdre Burns, Trade Marketing Manager at Forest Feast, said: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Aquasprint for the 10th consecutive year and are really looking forward to seeing what the competition holds for all the swimmers from across the region.
“Swimming has been a core focus for Forest Feast over the last 10 years as we want to encourage families and kids to keep fit and healthy in fun environments. As a healthy snack brand, we endorse a fully balanced diet and active lifestyle. Aquasprint is about empowering young people to believe in themselves and their abilities and we are completely on board with this ethos. Whether you are just dipping your toes in or are interested in competing, swimming is a fun and inclusive way for the whole family to keep active.”
Emma Reid, from Bangor and Conor Ferguson from Larne, started their swimming careers at the first ever Forest Feast Aquasprint Junior Swimming League ten years ago. Since then they have gone on to compete for Northern Ireland the Commonwealth games and hope to inspire other swimmers competing to pursue competitive swimming.
Emma said: “The Forest Feast Aquasprint Junior Swimming League is a fantastic opportunity for young aspiring swimmers to get involved with their local club and kick-start their career. I competed in the first competition 10 years ago and it gave me a space to develop my skills and grow my love for the sport. Since then, I have gone on to win in Swim Ulster, the Irish Championships and have also competed at the Commonwealth games.”
Conor said: “Aquasprint gave me the supportive and encouraging environment that every young swimmer needs to hone their skills. It’s been a delight to grow up through the ranks of this outstanding competition and it’s been encouraging to see the talent that it fosters. Year on year, further outstanding swimmers are identified which goes to prove how having a support system such as Aquasprint in place can achieve great things.”
Linda Stoops from Swim Ulster said: “We are delighted to have Forest Feast on board as title sponsor for the 10th year and we would like to thank all those who have been involved in this journey and we look forward to hopefully many more years to come!
“There are many athletes who go on to represent their countries far and wide at various galas and competitions after competing in Aquasprint which is a wonderful accolade and shows what we’re all about. Having Forest Feast on board helps instil from a young age the importance of healthy snacking throughout competing to boost energy levels which all professional athletes need to be aware of.”